Eagle Nationals report 98-06-28

'King of the Outlaws' Takes Eagle Nationals By Richard Day EAGLE, NE (June 28) - While winning 421 "A" Features and 14 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series championships, Steve Kinser has set the highest standards for ...

'King of the Outlaws' Takes Eagle Nationals By Richard Day EAGLE, NE (June 28) - While winning 421 "A" Features and 14 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series championships, Steve Kinser has set the highest standards for himself. Even with 10 top-10 finishes in the last 11 main events, "The King of the Outlaws" wasn't satisfied. It took winning the 15th Annual Eagle Nationals Sunday at Eagle Raceway to make him happy. The finale was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was postponed due to rain. "We've been struggling here lately," Kinser said, "but I think we found something tonight. We've been having trouble getting the car loose enough in the corners to drive off the turns. The track was in really good shape. It had a top and a bottom to it, so you could pretty much pick your line." Kinser challenged his cousin, Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Mark Kinser, for 13 1/2 laps before taking the lead with a low move between turns three and four. He increased his advantage throughout the final 22 laps to claim the $10,000 first prize. The victory, Steve's third of the year, pushed him to within 45 points of first place in the standings. "I'd like to win the championship once as a car owner," Kinser said. "We've won all the big races with our own team, but a World of Outlaws title would sure be nice." Kinser earned the right to start the "A" Feature inside the third row by following Mark, Sammy Swindell, Jac Haudenschild and Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner Tyler Walker across the finish line in the Channellock Dash. Mark burst into the lead from the pole as the green flag fell in the main event. "The King of the Outlaws" drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim past Walker on the front straightaway, then passed Haudenschild deep in the second corner seconds later. Steve was catching Swindell when Donny Schatz spun in the fourth corner and collected Bill Robertson late in the second lap. Both Schatz and Robertson turned over, bringing out the red flag, but neither was injured in the crash. Schatz surrendered 13th place, but drove the #15 Blue Beacon Gambler back into 15th. Kinser challenged Swindell for second as the green flag replaced the red, then passed him with an inside move through turns three and four the next time around. After Don Droud, Jr., took the #1BK Burger King sprinter for a spin in the fourth corner late in lap five, "The King of the Outlaws" started battling his cousin for the lead. Mark was six car-lengths ahead when he entered lapped traffic during the ninth lap. Steve closed to within three car-lengths within five laps, and caught Mark early in lap 15. The Kinser cousins raced wheel-to-wheel through much of the next 3 1/2 laps before Steve surged ahead between turns three and four. Kinser opened a 10-car-length advantage within two laps, only to have Mark narrow the gap to five car-lengths in dense lapped traffic by the 23rd lap. Swindell caught Mark with 10 laps remaining, and drove his #1 Channellock Stealth past him high between turns one and two early in lap 33. As Sammy and Mark battled for the runner-up spot, "The King of the Outlaws" increased his advantage to a half- straightaway with six laps remaining. He took the checkered flag as Swindell raced through the third corner. "I just have to thank Quaker State, and my guys Scott (Gerken) and Jimmy (McBee)," Kinser said after winning his seventh Eagle Nationals championship. "They've worked hard all year long, and they've kept us right in the thick of things." When asked if the extremely hot temperatures made the race even tougher to win, Steve said, "It probably would be a little easier if I was 10 or 15 pounds lighter." Haudenschild finished in third place, ahead of Stevie Smith, Third Racing Champions Heat Race winner Danny Lasoski, Walker, Andy Hillenburg, Dale Blaney and 15th-starting Jeff Swindell. Walker received the third Vivarin Fast-Time Award of his rookie season after pacing the qualifying session with an 11.993- second lap around Eagle's high-banked, 1/3-mile oval. Shane Carson, who promoted Tuesday's Bud Carson Memorial at State Fair Speedway in Oklahoma City, crashed early in the First Racing Champions Heat Race. His crew made quick repairs to James Helms' #12$ sprinter, however, and he earned the final qualifying position in the main event by finishing fifth in the "B" Feature. The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will have a week to prepare for the Third Annual Iowa Ethanol Classic, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Knoxville Raceway. WoO 1998 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series 15th Annual Eagle Nationals Eagle Raceway, Eagle, NE Sunday, June 28, Feature Program #32 Qualifications: 1. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 11.933; 2. Johnny Herrera, Sonner 47, 11.983; 3. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 11.989; 4. Greg Hodnett, Helm 11H, 12.045; 5. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 12.127; 6. Joe Gaerte, Holbrook 8H, 12.144; 7. Dale Blaney, Hylton-Blaney 93, 12.184; 8. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 12.200; 9. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 12.276; 10. Daryn Pittman, Blevins 21P, 12.328; 11. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 12.396; 12. Craig Dollansky, Stanton 75, 12.427; 13. Skip Jackson, Serace 55, 12.435; 14. Don Droud, Jr., DOCC Motorsports 1BK, 12.49; 15. Bill Robertson, Eckley 16, 12.637; 16. Shane Carson, Helms 12$, 12.745; 17. Dion Hindi, Hindi 18, 12.923; 18. Bruce Divis, Burch 1M, 12.944; 19. Bob Weuve, BW Racing 19W, 13.136; 20. Mike Chadd, Chadd 4, 13.145; 21. Jason Danley, Danley 4J, 13.443; 22. Regan Kitchen, Tracy 12, 13.559; 23. Rodney Droud, Droud T2, 13.573; 24. Eddie Lynch, Lynch 29L, 13.680. First Racing Champions Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Daryn Pittman, 2. Dale Blaney, 3. Greg Hodnett, 4. Tyler Walker, 5. Bob Weuve, 6. Skip Jackson, 7. Regan Kitchen, 8. Shane Carson. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Second Racing Champions Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Andy Hillenburg, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. Don Droud, Jr., 6. Dion Hindi, 7. Mike Chadd, 8. Rodney Droud. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Third Racing Champions Heat Race (10 laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Donny Schatz, 3. Craig Dollansky, 4. Joe Gaerte, 5. Bill Robertson, 6. Jason Danley, 7. Bruce Divis, 8. Eddie Lynch. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) Finishing 1-4 in Friday's Preliminary Feature automatically qualified Mark Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Jac Haudenschild and Steve Kinser for the first four starting positions in the Channellock Dash. Channellock Dash (seven laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Jac Haudenschild, 4. Tyler Walker, 5. Steve Kinser, 6. Johnny Herrera. (finish determined the first six starting positions in the "A" Feature) B Feature (12 laps): 1. Skip Jackson, 2. Dion Hindi, 3. Bruce Divis, 4. Mike Chadd, 5. Shane Carson, 6. Jason Danley ($200); 7. Eddie Lynch ($175); 8. Rodney Droud ($150); 9. Regan Kitchen ($100); (first five qualified for the "A" Feature) A Feature (40 laps): 1. Steve Kinser ($10,000); 2. Sammy Swindell ($6,000); 3. Mark Kinser ($3,500); 4. Jac Haudenschild ($3,200); 5. Stevie Smith ($3,000); 6. Danny Lasoski ($2,500); 7. Tyler Walker ($2,300); 8. Andy Hillenburg ($2,200); 9. Dale Blaney ($2,100); 10. Jeff Swindell ($2,000); 11. Greg Hodnett ($1,500); 12. Johnny Herrera ($1,400); 13. Joe Gaerte ($1,300); 14. Craig Dollansky ($1,200); 15. Donny Schatz ($1,000); 16. Skip Jackson ($1,020); 17. Dion Hindi ($820); 18. Don Droud, Jr. ($600); 19. Daryn Pittman ($600); 20. Bruce Divis ($620); 21. Shane Carson ($620); 22. Mike Chadd ($620); 23. Bob Weuve ($600); 24. Bill Robertson ($600). Lap leaders: Mark Kinser 1-18, Steve Kinser 19-40 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Tyler Walker WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Tyler Walker , Daryn Pittman , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera , Jeff Swindell